• Atlas Lecture 8/03/19 in KB L.T 1.4 at 10am

    Published: Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Dr Dave Singelee, KU Leuven The (in)Security of Implantable Medical Devices'Pacemakers vulnerable for hacking'.'Fatal flaws found in medical implant software'.'Hacking pacemakers: no science fiction'.

    Dr Dave Singelee, KU Leuven

    The (in)Security of Implantable Medical Devices


    'Pacemakers vulnerable for hacking'. 'Fatal flaws found in medical implant software'. 'Hacking pacemakers: no science fiction'. These are just a few titles of news articles that have appeared in the press last 2 years. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the main results of our research on the security of implantable medical devices. I will give more insights on how we were able to fully reverse-engineer the proprietary communication protocol between a device programmer and the latest generation of a widely used Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), and how these insights could lead to wireless hacking of ICDs. Moreover, I will give a short outlook to future trends and how these could potentially influence the security of future generations of implantable medical devices and wearables.

    - Short bio:
    Dr. Ir. Dave Singelée received the Master’s degree of Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Sciences in 2002 and 2008 respectively, both from KU Leuven (Belgium). He worked as an ICT security consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Belgium, and is currently an industrial research manager (IOF) at the research group COSIC of KU Leuven. His main research interests are IoT security, cryptography, security and privacy of wireless communication networks, key management, distance bounding, cryptographic authentication protocols, and security solutions for medical implantable devices. Dave has research experience in various national and international applied research projects related to ICT security, cryptography and embedded security.
     

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